News

January, 2020

  • 29 January

    National Puzzle Day is here

      Celebrating its third year the global celebration is designed to bring all manner of brain-manglers together from Jigsaws to word games,  number solving Soduku style stuff to board games, pretty much anything that is puzzling (does not include this years self-assessment). So, get in on the action and head …

    Read More »
  • 28 January

    LEGO Dots arrive at Kings Cross

    The artist Camille Walala today unveiled her latest installation at Coal Drops today to help introduce the all new 2D tile play concept from the LEGO Group – LEGO DOTS.  She brought the product to life brilliantly within a free public art installation – The result is HOUSE OF DOTS: …

    Read More »
  • 27 January

    Pokémon World Championships are coming to Blighty this Summer

    Making a jump across the pond for 2020 the Pokémon World Championships are to be held in London for the first time. The Pokémon people told us over the weekend  that this year’s Pokémon World Championships will be held at ExCeL from the 14th–16th August 2020. The event will see …

    Read More »
  • 24 January

    Russ Abbots favourite board game returns

    That DVD based board game from the 90’s is making a comeback, this time it is all app enabled. This skill and strategy game has its fair share of suspense too as 3-6 players race against the clock to collect six coloured keys, face your fears and compete against the …

    Read More »
  • 20 January

    Gifs ahoy – Sneak peek of a new collectible from Moose

    Moose Toys is heading to London Toy Fair for the first time and launching a new collectable inspired by gifs, a variant of online social speak. Oh! My Gif brings the world of digital gifs to life through this new range of collectable characters each with surprise movements. The characters …

    Read More »
  • 16 January

    Danish distraction for fans of Old Trafford

    Not that much to shout or cheer about at the Theatres of Dreams presently, Ole Gunnar Solskjær isn;t having the best of times but he appears to be a decent enough chap and I trust fortunes will alter at arguably one of the biggest clubs on the planet. So, just …

    Read More »
  • 6 January

    NERF Bunkr range – Inflatable accessories for your foam firing fun

        This here new NERF Bunkr range is battle zone system aimed at taking NERF blaster action to the next level. These NERF-branded inflatable obstacles are ideal for outdoor NERF action, not bad for indoor action, just fine bits of kit to have laying about your abode. Available from …

    Read More »

December, 2019

  • 31 December

    Chinese New Year LEGO Sets

    Chinese New Year Temple Fair – £89.99 – 1,664 pieces   The most important holiday by far in China, the new decade will be ushered in with the year of the Rat. LEGO created a trio of sets focused on these Asian celebrations last year and have added this pair …

    Read More »
  • 22 December

    Some of the best board games we’ve played in 2019

    Another stonking year for the board and party game market, a raft of new titles, the emergence of new categories, sales still on the increase and the promise of even more gaming goodness in 2020 – For now here are some of our favourite (not-too-intense) lighter weight games for some …

    Read More »
  • 22 December

    2019: The year’s top bits in LEGO bricks

      The birth of the royal baby has been voted as the best bit of 2019 by Britain’s kids, in a new poll conducted by the LEGO Group. A few of these iconic happenings have been brought to life using the Danish bricks. The birth of Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor in May …

    Read More »
  • 21 December

    Hide and Peek – How do you hide gifts from everyone?

    TOP CHRISTMAS PRESENT HIDING AND HUNTING SPOTS REVEALED Almost half (42%) of British parents admit hiding decoy presents to outwit their children Nearly two thirds (61%) of British parents have forgotten where hidden presents are until after Christmas day Over two thirds (63%) of parents are most vulnerable to the …

    Read More »
  • 17 December

    Slot racing sets we want

    We were HUGE fans of the ANKI Overdrive system, AI powered vehicles that battled on-track with umpteen different digital weapons, we used to play into the small hours and then, BOOM, they went bust – sad times. Now, as the nation appears to be on a bit of a “lets …

    Read More »
  • 13 December

    Retro Toys – Return of the past

    More retro remakes and updates on shelves than ever before Traditional board games are being given tech makeovers Generation Z and Millennials embracing analogue Kidult toy market accounts for 14% of total toy sales in the UK   There have been plenty of new toys announced for 2019 yet many …

    Read More »
  • 12 December

    Abracadabra – Grab some Christmas magic

    These portable mini magic kits won’t be with us in time for this Xmas sadly, but at about a fiver each are definitely ones to watch for 2020. Each small top hat contains the props and instructions to perform two or three simple magic tricks each with a different theme …

    Read More »
  • 8 December

    Bye bye Virgin trains there’s a new operator incoming

    Yup, over 20 years of (mostly) fine Virgin trains taking me and the family back up to the North West, not without it’s issues at times but largely (apart from their egg/cress sarnies) I’ve enjoyed travelling with them. Now we’ve the Avanti West Coast running the line, a joint venture …

    Read More »